In the recently released Inside Higher Ed 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, the results indicate that only 25 percent of faculty have worked with instructional designers on online or blended learning courses. (Only 23 percent say they have done so for a face-to-face class.)
As Anthony Piña, provost of instruction and online learning at Sullivan University, in Louisville, Ky., says,
Instructional designers are the best kept secret in higher education. A lot of faculty and administrators don’t know what instructional designers can do.
The article linked below has their full story on this subject, but here are a few reasons they are so underutilized.
- Lack of Staff
- Lack of Knowledge
- Lack of Faculty Support
There is also a discussion of what Sullivan University had done to combat some of these issues through mandates (masters degrees for designers and a requirement faculty consult them on courses) and compensation.
The full post on the topic of instructional designers is available here:
Only one-fourth of faculty members responding to an Inside Higher Ed survey said they collaborate with designers on online course development. Experts say that low percentage is no surprise.